PLAINFIELD — On a night that Plainfield celebrated a 15-year reunion for its 1999 Class 3A boys’ state championship basketball team, the Quakers split with Mid-State Conference rival Decatur Central in a girls’/boys’ doubleheader.
Plainfield’s girls dominated throughout for a 67-58 victory over the Hawks, one that was more lopsided than the score indicated, while the boys fell 76-64. Defense played a big part in both games.
“I thought we played really, really well,” Plainfield girls’ coach Curt Benge said. “For us to get up 22 there early in the fourth, we were playing really well.
“We had some lulls there at the end of the second and the fourth. I thought that was pretty close to as well as we could play in 26 minutes.”
Kyndall Spears led Plainfield with 14 points and seven rebounds while Kayla Casteel also tallied 14.
“She’s really good off the ball defensively, she rebounded the ball well, was able to finish around the basket and that’s big for us,” Benge said of Spears.
Casteel sparked the Quakers with a 5-0 run to begin the contest and the Quakers’ defense held the Hawks in check. Decatur Central tallied its first field goal of the quarter at the 2:25 mark and Plainfield led 17-6 heading to the second.
“We haven’t been executing game plans how I would like and I thought they did a really nice job with that defensively tonight,” Benge said.
In a half marred by 23 fouls, Decatur Central stayed in the game by hitting 10 of 18 from the charity stripe. The Hawks scored just three field goals in the second quarter.
Plainfield doubled its first quarter output thanks in part to Mackenzie Reeder’s strong rebounding that equaled extra shots. Spears took advantage knocking down two field goals and four free throws to lead the Quakers in the second.